One hour before the kickoff for the 2020 season opener, the Miami Hurricanes released an ‘unavailability report’ of players who will not suit up against UAB. Miami says the report is: “a list of players who will be unavailable for the contest for any reason.”
Here are the Miami players on the report:
· DE Greg Rousseau (season)
· OL Kai-Leon Herbert (season)
· OL Zalon’tae Hillery (season)
· DB Avantae Williams (season)
· Matias Gasc (walk-on)
· QB Tate Martell
· OL Issiah Walker, Jr.
Rousseau, who projects as a first round NFL Draft pick, opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns before the start of fall camp. Miami announced Williams was out due to a pre-existing health concern that was discovered during the summer. With Herbert and Hillery out, true freshman offensive tackle Chris Washington is listed on the two-deep depth chart. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Herbert and Hillery opted out of the season.With Martell out for the game, true freshman Tyler Van Dyke is listed as the third team quarterback. Walker is a transfer from Florida.
At the time of this announcement, Miami is a 15.5 point favorite, according to the latest betting lines from the William Hill Sportsbook.
Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. The game will be televised on the ACC Network.
UAB doesn’t offer much name recognition to the average college football fan, but the Blazers are a team the Hurricanes—and the UM fanbase—better not sleep on.
The Blazers are the preseason favorite to win Conference USA in 2020 and it is a program that won 28 games from 2017-19. UAB is a Group of Five team that features plenty of future NFL players on its roster.
UAB started its 2020 season last Thursday with a match-up against FCS opponent Central Arkansas. The Blazers comfortably won that game, 45-35.
After watching UAB against Central Arkansas last Thursday, Diaz made it clear that the Blazers are a good, well-rounded team.
“The score was very misleading,” Diaz said. “The strength of UAB’s team is their defense and Central Arkansas has got a four-yard touchdown drive, 15-yard touchdown drive, they score on defense, they scored twice against the backups in the fourth. You still see a very, very good defensive football team in UAB, an outstanding rushing attack, very balanced, multiple guys going in there and running for big yards, and you still see Watkins as their leading receiver and the tight ends were dynamic — especially in the red zone. They’re a very experienced team who’s been in games. The moment will not be too big to them and we know we’ll have to play our best to beat them.”
UM home games will allow 13,000 fans inside Hard Rock Stadium this season, which is a 20 percent capacity. Alcohol will not be sold this season and students will not be permitted to attend the first two home games of the season.